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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive

With the introduction of offline storage (in the form of tape and punch cards, later floppy disks, hard drives and cards), computer users began to create and acquire all manner of data to use with their machines. Programs, textfiles, and later images, sound and moving image data would be collected in the course of computer ownership and maintenance. Over time, this collection would sometimes resemble a pile, or a library, or an archive. The unifying theme would only be that they were all on the same storage medium.

This collection is meant to be a deep storage archive of these sets of files and data, fused together as originally acquired from efforts to preserve them. Sometimes the files ran together on a bulletin board system, while others are collections of images disks or cassettes that were in the possession of one person.

The ideal situation would be a legion of curated displays and presentation of this data to an audience, or as fully-described datasets for the purposes of research and historical knowledge. Over time, these collections may find new iterations as such museum pieces and study aids, but for now they are gathered groups of information, awaiting the computer history equivalent of "crate diggers" going through "the stacks" to find precious forgotten history.

Researchers will also want to visit TOSEC, the Old School Emulation Center collection, and the gathered collection of FTP Sites at the FTP Site Boneyeard.


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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Various
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This item is a compilation of images acquired from a 12,000+ floppy collection of one of the members of the cracking group "Bamiga Sector 1". It was in an attic in Belgium for roughly 25 years and is in the process of being imaged by a small set of volunteers.  The collection is expected to grow over time and will be noted here when it is complete. The website for the project is  http://www.amigaclub.be/bs1/ For easy downloading, the collection will be a set of .zip files, which can...
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Various
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Contributed by Charles Shrader, this is a collection of Amiga .ADF files, ready for use in an emulator or writing out to floppies to boot on original Amigas. The general collection was assembled around 2000 and transferred recently. The pile of floppies was from an unknown owner, and acquired through eBay, so no direct information is available. In total, there are roughly 1,000 .ADF images in this collection. They contain games, utilities, and documentation files.  To browse the directory of...
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
by Home of the Underdogs
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The last data available from the Home of the Underdogs (formerly at www.the-underdogs.info), one of the largest abandonware websites on the Internet. No games are available in this data, only metadata from the site and various picture files. Files include: Master database (Excel, 14MB): Underdogs.xls Box shots (some) (11MB): hotu-covers.rar Game manuals / other documents (some) (118 MB): hotu-docs.rar Gamebooks (some) (84 MB): hotu-gamebooks.rar Blog Post about the files Google Groups page...
Topics: Videogame, Home of the Underdogs, HotU, Metadata, Abandonware
Everything about the Amiga
Complete archives of a photo and image sharing community called TheMAXX, which provides insight into news, memes and experiences from the early 2000s.
So, I guess hoarding every single textfile on winmx was my deal or something at the time. There was this thing where to allow propogation of new server files, all files (I believe) < 32K were allowed to skip the queue, so textfiles could be easily hoarded. There's probably a bunch of sketchy junk in here. I had a "download all the things" attitude at the time, so none of this should reflect me, but should hopefully be a pretty accurate representation of textfiles on WINMX in 2003....
Topics: textfiles, filesharing, winmx
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 11000-11999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [11085] 10-10 Photo Files [11582] 24BIT Rendered_ Still Life & Objects II [11153] 2Market v3 Mac (production) [11154] 2Market v3 Windows (production) [11117] A Look Back at Nuremberg [11763] ABC Beatles Anthology [11044] ABC Primetime Clips [11998] Additional Personnel Listings [11999] Addtional Personnel Listings [11775] Adventure Games [11118] Aerosmith [11087] African American Gallery...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 12000-12999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [12236] '96 Wide World Flix [12235] '96 Wide World Pix [12161] 1995 In Music [12305] 1996 Tax Forms [12306] 1997 Tax Forms [12347] @Cool Games and Shareware [12348] @Cool Videos [12680] a [12751] AAA Photo Gallery [12343] AAC Management Area [12470] ABC Kidzine Games! [12695] ABC Kidzine Toolbox [12213] Accessorize [12249] ACLU Upload_Download Library [12000] Additional Personnel Listings...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 10000-10999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [10417] 1996 HFStival [10147] 24BIT DIGITAL_ Flowers & Vegetation III [10190] 24BIT Digital_ Flowers & Vegetation II [10193] 24BIT E-Paint_ Abstract & Conceptual II [10513] 24BIT E-Paint_ Characters & Creatures II [10195] 24BIT Rendered_ Characters & Critters II [10194] 24BIT Rendered_ Sci-Fi Spacecraft II [10518] 24BIT_ Rendered Basic Scenery [10581] 2nd new Library [10886]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
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10 gigabytes of Apple II related items, culled years ago from a number of sources including the ASIMOV archive, newsgroups, websites, and individuals. Includes scans, software, support programs, and textfiles. Includes a .TXT index of the contents.
FILES.CHATNFILES.COM Download (July 2016)
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9900-9999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9991] A&B Downloads [9904] Adam's Silly Files [9935] Advertising_Demos [9973] Baseball 1 (NEW) [9902] Bosnia [9947] Chris' Library [9914] Club Art Library [9913] Club KidSoft Game Library [9915] Club Mania #1 Library [9916] Club Mania #2 Library [9919] Club Mania #3 Library [9962] Color Weather Maps [9980] Coloring Page Graphics [9933] Compton's Library 4 [9936] Conference Room Logs [9988]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9800-9899. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9811] 1995 Season Hi-lites [9884] America Online for DOS Report [9889] Author Chat Transcripts [9860] BMG uploads [9864] Bikini Library 1 [9861] CL - Windows 95 Apps & Utilities [9894] Compton's Software Library [9828] Florida Keys Photo Gallery [9808] Hot Shots [9810] In the Booth, On the field [9899] Interviews with Comedians [9877] Korean War Memorial SoftLib [9883] Mac Today Software...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9700-9799. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9759] AMSC Education Library [9793] Add Depth Images [9743] All Star Game videos [9757] Bikini Library 2 [9789] Bikini Library 3 [9720] Business Photos [9799] Calendar Templates [9723] Clip Art [9794] Communications Disks [9710] Corcoran Student Assignment Uploads 3 [9706] Cyber Beach-House [9762] Cyberspace HQ Library [9792] Designer ClipArt_Models_Shaders [9791] Designer Images II [9796]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
A contributed set of 4 Apple II Hard Drive images.